Ja­pan PM sends of­fer­ing to war shrine

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Ja­pan’s Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe sent a rit­ual of­fer­ing to a con­tro­ver­sial war shrine yes­ter­day but did not visit, pos­si­bly avoid­ing an an­gry re­ac­tion from China and South Korea. The con­ser­va­tive pre­mier – who has been crit­i­cised in the past for what some see as a re­vi­sion­ist take on Ja­pan’s wartime record – sent a sa­cred masakaki tree bear­ing his name to Ya­sukuni Shrine at the start of a four­day fes­ti­val. The shrine hon­ours mil­lions of Ja­panese war dead, but also se­nior mil­i­tary and po­lit­i­cal fig­ures con­victed of war crimes af­ter World War II.

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